The dream of the crop: a Creamfields 2011 preview

What it is, who to see and a Spotify playlist

Photographer: Jim StewartSophie Morton on 18 August 2011

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Creamfields? Sounds like an eco-friendly ice cream maker to me.

Forget ice cream, and think dance music. Lots of it. Creamfields is held in Cheshire, and has spawned several other festivals in other countries, such as Spain, Brazil and Turkey. It regularly attracts big name DJs and performers, often securing UK exclusives.

Dance music, eh? So it's like one big massive outdoor club, then?
Massive is the right word. It boasts eleven stages across three days and regularly presents fans with a clash or two on the schedule. As for being like a club, the line-up does boast DJs fresh from stints on the party islands.

Sounds good. All this dancing is likely to tire me out, though.
Well, it's just as well Creamfields has a dozen campsites then. Camping has only been available for three years and has proven an immensely popular option, selling out quickly. If you were unlucky, don't worry – there are plenty of hotels in the area, and you won't even have to worry about the mud.

So who's going to get me grooving?
There are so many people to see, but if you're stuck for where to start, try these.

The Chemical Brothers
The duo have been one of the UK's top electronic acts for two decades now, and still remain one not to miss. Saturday's headliners have five albums of material to choose from and there's no doubt it's going to be a hit-filled set list. They're not playing at any other dance festivals this year either, if you need any more motivation to catch them at work.

He's a hit-making machine, creating and remixing club smashers under various different guises. The Dutch DJ was named 'World's No. 1 DJ' three consecutive times by DJ Magazine, which is more than enough to suggest he's at the top of his game. This will be his only UK festival appearance this summer.

Swedish House Mafia
Things just keep on getting better for these boys. Since forming in late 2008, the trio have had three UK top ten singles, including the huge 'Miami 2 Ibiza' with Tinie Tempah. Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso are all top DJs and producers in their own right, but combined, they just seem unstoppable.

David Guetta
The Frenchman is one of the world's most sought-after producers, having worked with stars such as Rihanna, Flo Rida and Taio Cruz. He's created three UK chart-toppers, including 'Sexy Bitch' with Akon, which proved to be the 10th best selling UK single of 2009. You just know he's going to be drawing in the crowds.

Paul van Dyk
As one of the pioneers of electronic music, the German has sold more than 3.5 million albums and has been voted the worlds' No. 1 DJ twice. He's remixed tracks for names such as Madonna, Justin Timberlake and U2, and received a Grammy nomination. Not bad. Oh, and he attracted over a million people for a beach side performance in Rio de Janeiro. A million people can't be wrong.

Nice! Can I still get tickets?
Unfortunately, they've sold out. You'll just have to wait for next year.


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